A Christmas Spectacular

One thing I love is Christmas time and all the fun things surrounding the holidays. I really wanted to see the Rockettes perform at Radio City Music Hall and luckily Cris said yes and got us tickets! So this entire post will be about that show, and why I think if there’s one super generic touristy thing to see if you’re visiting New York City or if you’re a resident and looking for something to do next holiday season (or this one, the last show is in January) it should be seeing this show!

First and foremost, you should be on the look out for deals for tickets. On a snack trip to McDonalds, Cris and I found a coupon for 2 for 1 tickets! We jumped on that opportunity. We decided to go in November (another way to save money is go before December) on Monday the 28th which happened to be a Santa Hat Day (they give every person a free Santa hat). Saving money on these tickets is a great idea because they can get super expensive for no reason.

On the day of the show we drove there and we actually bought a parking spot on Parkwhiz.com (I highly recommend using this website when you need parking anywhere). We were 4 blocks away from Radio City Music Hall and we had a fun walk there. img_3902

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When you get to the Hall, they put you in a line because the doors open at 7:30pm for an 8:00 pm show. The line moves fairly quickly so don’t worry if you have kids, it’s just a ticket and bag check and you get your free hat once you get inside!

We lucked out and got seats in the orchestra without breaking the bank between the coupon and the fact that we went in November. So we had a pretty awesome view and it was great for certain parts of the show because some people walk (or danced) right past us! Before the show officially started two organists played music and the the orchestra for the entire show was risen from the floor to the stage and performed a lovely number for us. It was an amazing start for the show.

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The view from our seats

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The orchestra

The actual show started and there were some incredible special effects. Things fly out into the audience, it snows, there are 3D effects and more. I don’t want to give anything away but Santa is definitely in appearance. Some of the songs are kind of cheesy and the child performers are just that, child performers and they do their very best so it’s very cute. The final performance of the Nativity Scene is so beautifully moving I cried, then again I cry at everything. The Rockettes are amazing and there’s so many amazing stunts and kicks and it was so much fun that it really left us leaving in such a Christmas spirit.

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They sang during certain parts of the show

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The Nativity Scene

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The Finale

Honestly, for people with kids, without kids, old or young folk this is such a great Christmas show. It puts you in such a great Christmas spirit and everything about the show is beautiful down to the Hall itself. It’s gorgeous on the inside, so take time and take some pictures, unlike us. It got super crowded so we just have to deal with the pictures we took of us in our seats. I don’t think we will go every year, actually next Christmas season we’re planning on doing something super special but this might be something nice to do every other or every 2 years. I definitely recommend people see it if you’re visiting during the holiday season and if you’re bored and want something different to see then try this out. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and I hope everyone has a happy and healthy New Year!

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Happy Holidays!!

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Let’s hit the ice!

Cris surprised me last Wednesday with tickets to see Disney on Ice: Follow your heart. I was so excited, anyone who knows me, knows how crazy Disney obsessed I am. I was super thankful too because he’s not a huge fan at all so for him to buy those tickets and sit through this show was so sweet of him. The show was a fun experience and I am happy I did it once but I probably won’t do it again until I have children. It was one of those “one time deals” especially since I’m an adult (even though I like to think I’m a big kid). It wasn’t incredibly weird to be a couple surrounded by children, we just knew that the next time we’d come back is with kids. img_3809

So, the show started with the cheesiest musical number ever, even for Disney. I was happy Cris missed it because he would of been so turned off by it like I was. I knew there was better things to come, but this was not one of them. The only thing I enjoyed was seeing cute little Donald Duck skating on the ice. Then the characters from Inside Out came on the ice and that was cute because all the kids started freaking out. The first half of the show was all about dreams and the emotions and memories that Inside Out had in the movie. img_3814

Throughout the first half of the show, we saw the princesses, Mickey and Minnie, and the characters from Inside Out. Growing up I watched every princess movie so when they came out and had their own special numbers I was incredibly excited. I was most excited to see Ariel, since she’s my favorite and coincidentally, she had the most impressive part of the show. She did arial moves and acrobatics that even Cris thought was so cool. He was incredibly impressed with this part as well as Rapunzel’s. She did some ribbon flying which was cool but definitely not as cool as Ariel’s performance. About an hour in, they went to intermission and everyone ran to get food and I enjoyed the songs they were playing and singing along without a single care in the world.

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Once the second half started, there was another song with Mickey and Minnie, and then they went into the different stories of Finding Dory, Toy Story and Frozen(DUN DUN DUNNNNN). I have a love/hate relationship with Frozen and I always roll my eyes whenever it’s involved in something Disney does. I didn’t see Finding Dory yet so seeing this part of the show made me kind of upset because I basically got an abridged version of the movie. I loved the Toy Story part of the show though. I love that movie so much and they did a fabulous job incorporating those characters and having fun songs to sing along to.

The time finally came for Frozen. I kid you not, the whole Barclays Center vibrated from the children screaming when this part started. I was laughing the whole time because I told Cris “I bet you the entire place loses it’s mind when Elsa and Anna show up” and he said “no I don’t know, I think the movie died down”. Yeah. Right. These kids lost their freaking minds. It was adorable and hilarious all at the same time. The song “Let It Go” came on and the entire place was singing along, it was snowing, and there were fireworks of sorts. It was definitely the best number and I was just as impressed as Cris. I even sang along – it’s catchy. I have to hand it to Disney, they keep Frozen super relevant and popular and they do a great job putting on any kind of performance of this movie.

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Finally the closing number came around and it was so cute. They just all collectively danced to “Let It Go”. I got to see Donald again and he had a cute little winter outfit on. All in all it was a such a great show. I think anything Disney does is magical and well put together. There was a lot of work and heart that went into this show and I appreciate that. If you’re a fan of Disney and know the movies, then definitely go see it and see your favorite movies come to life on the ice. Sing along with the characters and enjoy the performances because they really were spectacular. We had fun and Cris even said “it was cute and I enjoyed myself” which to me is the equivalent to saying “THAT WAS TOTALLY WICKED” (let me know if you get the reference). Like I said earlier, we’ll definitely go again but when we have kids to take and we’ll get ice level tickets for a truly amazing experience. I have some wonderfully magical memories from this night, and I am sure if you choose to go you will have some magical memories as well.